Stewart Dickson MLA said: “Assembly Questions are a key part of the democratic accountability of Government. It ensures that MLAs can effectively scrutinise Ministers and their Departments.
“Any Department that is not able to efficiently answer questions is therefore preventing Ministers being held to account.
“It has long been an issue of quarrel between MLAs and Departments over the length of time that it has taken to answer some questions with a few questions taking over a year to be answered. So I was not surprised by some of the statistics with the Department of the Environment failing to answer 68.7% of its questions on time. OFMDFM also had an equally poor record with 57.4% of its questions not answered on time.
“I was however happy to see that the two Alliance Ministers had the best and third best record. Stephen Farry’s Department for Employment and Learning answered 95.2% of its questions on time while David Ford’s Justice Department answered 99.1% of its questions on time. I would hope that other Ministers would follow their example and ensure that Assembly Questions are answered on time.”
Department Percentage of Questions not answered on time